John Ganis, Fall 2011:
Ganis has been a notable environmental photographer looking at how humans have changed their environments. His work is held within collections at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, The New York Public Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Toledo Museum of Art, and more. Since 1980 he has been a professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit.
In the Fall of 2011, Ganis exhibited the photographs from his series “Ruptures and Reclamations, Photographs of the BP and Enbridge Oil Spills.” 2010 witnessed two massive oil spills, one in the Gulf of Mexico and the other in Michigan, that have been quantified as the largest oil spills of their kinds. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been labeled as the worst environmental disaster in American history, and the Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River outside of Marshall, MI is referred to as the largest inland oil spill and worst environmental disaster in the Midwest.
To view the photographs Ganis took for this series and more, please visit his website: http://johnganisphotography.com/.
Betsy Damon, Fall 2013:
An active participant in the art world since the 1970s, Damon has engaged in body performance art, large-scale installations, and within the last 20 years, has explored the role of water stewardship. Her environmental work has spanned the globe in conjunction with Keepers of the Waters, an organization devoted to highlighting the power of water.
Damon’s first jaunt to Albion College was for a week in the 2010-2011 school year in conjunction with Albion’s first year of sustainability. She worked with students to conceptualize a public-art project related to water in Albion. In the Fall of 2013, Damon returned to Albion as a semester long visiting artist, which culminated in an installation she conceptualized in the school’s main gallery focusing on “Art, Ecology, and Activism.” For more information, please visit http://www.keepersofthewaters.org/.